Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon, circa August 1829–circa January 1830

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& now behold I say unto you that the right way is to believe in Christ & deny him not & Christ is the holy one of Israel wherefore ye must bow down before him & woship him with all your might mind & strength & your whole soul & if ye do this ye shall in no wise be cast out & in asmuch as it shall be expediant ye must keep the performances & ordinances of God untill the law shall be fulfiled which was given unto Moses & after that Christ shall have risen from the dead he shall shew himself unto you my children & my beloved Brethren & the words which he shall speak unto you shall be the law which ye shall do for behold I say unto you that I have beheld that many Generations shall pass away & there shall be great wars & contentions among my People & after that the Messiah shall come there shall be signs given unto my People of his bearth & also of his death & resurrection & great & terrible shall that day be unto the wicked for they shall perish & they perish because they cast out the Prophets & the Saints & stone them & slay them wherefore the cry of the blood of the Saints shall ascend up to God from the ground against them wherefore all they that are proud & that do wickedly the day that cometh shall burn them up saith the Lord of hosts for they shall be as stubble & they that kill the prophets & the Saints the debths of the earth shall swallow them up saith the Lord of hosts & mountains shall cover them & whirlwinds shall carry them away & buildings shall fall upon them & crush them to pieces & grind them to powder & they shall be visited with thunderings & lightnings & earthquakes & all manner of destructions for the fire of the anger of the Lord shall be kindled against them & they shall be as stubble & the day that cometh shall consume them saith the Lord of hosts O the pain & the anguish of my soul for the loss of the slain of my People for I Nephi hath seen it <​& it​> well nigh consumeth me before the presance of the Lord but I must cry unto my God thy ways are just but behold the righteous that hearken unto the words of the Prophets & destroy them not but look forward unto Christ with steadfastness for the signs which are given notwithstanding all persecutions behold they are they which shall not perish but the Son of righteousness shall appear unto them & he shall heal <​heal​> them & they shall have peace with him untill three generations shall have passed away & many of the fourth Generation shall have passed away in righteousness & when these things <​shall​> have passed away a speedy destruction cometh unto my People for notwithstanding the pains of my soul I have seen it wherefore I know that it shall come to pass & they sell themselves for nought for for the reward of their pride & their foolishness they shall reap destruction for because they yienldeth unto the Devil & chose works of darkness rather then light therefore they must go down to hell for the spirit of the Lord will not always strive with man & when the spirit ceaseth to strive with man then cometh speedy destruction & this grieveth my Soul & as I spake concerning the convinceing of the Jews that Jesus is the verry Christ it must needs be that [p. 83]
& now behold I say unto you that the right way is to believe in Christ & deny him not & Christ is the holy one of Israel wherefore ye must bow down before him & woship him with all your might mind & strength & your whole soul & if ye do this ye shall in no wise be cast out & in asmuch as it shall be expediant ye must keep the performances & ordinances of God untill the law shall be fulfiled which was given unto Moses & after that Christ shall have risen from the dead he shall shew himself unto you my children & my beloved Brethren & the words which he shall speak unto you shall be the law which ye shall do for behold I say unto you that I have beheld that many Generations shall pass away & there shall be great wars & contentions among my People & after that the Messiah shall come there shall be signs given unto my People of his bearth & also of his death & resurrection & great & terrible shall that day be unto the wicked for they shall perish & they perish because they cast out the Prophets & the Saints & stone them & slay them wherefore the cry of the blood of the Saints shall ascend up to God from the ground against them wherefore all they that are proud & that do wickedly the day that cometh shall burn them up saith the Lord of hosts for they shall be as stubble & they that kill the prophets & the Saints the debths of the earth shall swallow them up saith the Lord of hosts & mountains shall cover them & whirlwinds shall carry them away & buildings shall fall upon them & crush them to pieces & grind them to powder & they shall be visited with thunderings & lightnings & earthquakes & all manner of destructions for the fire of the anger of the Lord shall be kindled against them & they shall be as stubble & the day that cometh shall consume them saith the Lord of hosts O the pain & the anguish of my soul for the loss of the slain of my People for I Nephi hath seen it & it well nigh consumeth me before the presance of the Lord but I must cry unto my God thy ways are just but behold the righteous that hearken unto the words of the Prophets & destroy them not but look forward unto Christ with steadfastness for the signs which are given notwithstanding all persecutions behold they are they which shall not perish but the Son of righteousness shall appear unto them & he shall heal them & they shall have peace with him untill three generations shall have passed away & many of the fourth Generation shall have passed away in righteousness & when these things shall have passed away a speedy destruction cometh unto my People for notwithstanding the pains of my soul I have seen it wherefore I know that it shall come to pass & they sell themselves for nought for for the reward of their pride & their foolishness they shall reap destruction for because they yienldeth unto the Devil & chose works of darkness rather then light therefore they must go down to hell for the spirit of the Lord will not always strive with man & when the spirit ceaseth to strive with man then cometh speedy destruction & this grieveth my Soul & as I spake concerning the convinceing of the Jews that Jesus is the verry Christ it must needs be that [p. 83]
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